Winter Salads


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The other day, I put together a hearty salad of red quinoa and black eyed peas, to keep me warm on a cold, January day.


I usually have a crisp, cool salad for lunch…


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but that is not nearly as appealing when the weather outside is frightful. 


However, I still think it’s important to eat some raw vegetables every day. What to do?


Of course, there’s always the soup and salad option, which is a reliable stand-by. I often make soups to last several days, or freeze some in small containers to thaw as needed. I throw together a simple little salad, heat up a bowl of soup and lunch is ready!


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Check out the Soups, Stews and Chili section under recipes for some ideas.


Another way to add some warmth to my lunch is to make a Crustless Quiche or frittata.


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This provides a few days of leftovers, which I warm up and serve with a small salad. 


Eggs are a nice way to add protein and warmth to a salad. Boil some up and slice over a salad, or poach an egg and top your salad with it, like we do in our Arugula Salad with Poached Eggs.


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Another nice hot and cold combo is a baked potato (sweet or white) stuffed with salad, olive oil and vinegar.


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I sometimes cook up some simple beans and toss them on a salad:


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Which brings me back to the beginning… my Red Quinoa and Black Eyed Pea Salad. 


I cooked up some red quinoa:


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then grated a carrot, chopped some parsley and sliced the green onions:


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I chopped some broccoli and lightly steamed it:


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then combined it all with a can of black eyed peas and a vinegar dressing:


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The salad was good to go like this, but I decided it was even better with a little feta cheese. 


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I also tried it with some leftover bacon crumbled on top. Both additions really rounded it out, providing that extra punch I wanted.


Serve warm, at room temperature or cold, on a bed of lettuce or by itself. If you let it stand at least 30 minutes, the flavors have a chance to soak in. You can always reheat it if you want. See the recipe by clicking here.

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